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Dacian gold in event exhibition in Rome

The Romanian National History Museum (MNIR) will exhibit in Rome, between December 16, 2010, and April 3, 2011, several gold and silver artefacts, exceptional pieces from the Treasure collection, as part of the “Gli ori antichi della Romania” exhibition, opened at the Imperial Forums Museum in Italy.
The collection includes 140 archaeological pieces dating from the bronze age, the iron age, the classical age of Dacian civilization, the Roman age and the age of migrations, which were found in settlements and tombs or were the fruit of accidental finds.


“This exhibition is an absolute premiere abroad, owing to an unprecedented association of precious metal archaeological artefacts from some of the most significant treasuries found so far on Romanian soil. A number of pieces are exhibited for the first time outside Romania, as well as four of the famous Dacian gold bracelets, travelling now as official exhibits, after being retrieved, with great efforts, from the black market,” the director of MNIR, Ernest Oberlander Tarnoveanu, stated, on Friday, at the press conference announcing Romania’s participation in the Rome exhibition.


According to the latter, the exhibition titled “Romania’s Ancient Gold, before and after Trajan” is meant to promote the core of Romania’s cultural heritage and its contribution to European culture and heritage. At the same time, the director of MNIR argued the exhibition was addres­sed to the Romanian community in Italy, in order to strengthen their sense of communion with their country of origin.


The MNIR collection which is to be sent to Rome includes artefacts from the Persinari, Hinova, Sarmizegetusa, Regia and Pietroasa treasuries, the princely tomb in Potaissa, the second princely tomb in Apahida, the inventory of the princely tomb in Floresti, etc. The MNIR board also consented to unveil before the press two helmets, a gold one, found in Cotefenesti, Prahova County, and a silver one, found in Teleorman.


The gold helmet was found in 1927 by a group of children who were herding the cattle and is considered the oldest such artefact, dating from the 5th century B.C. It is thought to have belonged to a child or a youth. The silver helmet was found in the tomb of a chieftain and was chanced upon by some tractor drivers while tilling a vegetable garden. It dates from the 4th century B.C. and is part of a Thracian helmets group.


The 140 artefacts which will make up the exhibition will be shipped in special cases, by military transport, under a double seal and under the strictest protection, by specially appointed couriers. The collection is to return to the country by April 14, 2011, at the latest. The state secretary in the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage Vasile Timis delivered Minister Kelemen Hunor’s message, appreciating, in turn, that this exhibition is the biggest such manifestation Romania has organized in the past 25 years. The exhibition is the fruit of the two years’ work of several curators and specialists and could only be organized by MNIR in partnership with seven other museums in Romania.

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